Southern African Hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis)
Least Concern (LC)
Small in size; covered in short spines, except belly, face and ears which are covered in fine fur. The most distinguishing feature is the white band across it’s forehead which can extend back over the shoulders.
Generally solitary and mostly nocturnal species though can be seen foraging in pairs or mother with young.
||These animals can breed once to several times a year.
|Number of offspring
||1-10 (though 4-5 is more typical)
Found in wide variety of habitats; including grasslands, savannas, scrub and suburban gardens. They rarely occur in deserts or in very wet areas.
Primarily insectivores feeding on a wide variety of foods such as beetles, termites, grasshoppers, moths, worms, centipedes and millipedes.
Many carnivores and birds of prey can kill and eat hedgehogs. Domestic dogs will also kill them.
Southern African Hedgehog at Naankuse sites